The Lesser Known... Colin Kolles 12 Oct 2007
The 2007 Formula One season has been an eventful one for the Spyker squad. They have topped a practice session, scored their first world championship point, led a Grand Prix for the first time and secured yet another new owner.
Presiding over all this has been indomitable team principal Colin Kolles. And as Spyker look forward to an even brighter 2008, we discover there is far more to Kolles than that infamous Burberry cap moment
Q: Best part of being a team principal?
Colin Kolles: Seeing your team do well, especially when its unexpected. This seasons Nurburgring race is a good example of this.
Q: The most annoying?
CK: Probably the travel. Between races I go to meetings all over the world and I never seem to be at home for very long.
Q: Running a Formula One team is like
CK: There is nothing like it!
Q: What would you be if you werent a team principal?
CK: Either a dentist or running a team in another formula, such as Formula Three. Theres not that much difference is there?
Q: The first thing I do after a race is
CK: Depends on the result. If its good, we smile. If its bad, I speak to the team in detail about the race about what went wrong.
Q: Winning a race would mean
CK: Everything! And a lot of money
Q: What is your favourite place to relax?
CK: My office in Silverstone. Everything is around me that I need to see.
Q: Funniest thing you've read about yourself in the press?
CK: That I am the Chavski of Formula One. I only wore the hat once because I had sunburn and Burberry was the only shop in the hotel
Q: The most difficult decision you had to make as a team principal?
CK: All decisions have a certain element of difficulty, you just have to make the best one you can at the time.
Q: Best time during a race weekend?
CK: When your car is racing well.
Q: Formula One and politics is like
CK: Is there a difference? You cant separate one from the other.
Q: Your best moment as a team principal?
CK: There have been many - when we signed our first big sponsorship deal, when we led a Grand Prix at the Nurburgring and knowing that we are moving forward.
Q: Something you always wanted to do but never had the time?
CK: You get a lot of opportunities in this job to do things you never thought you would do!
Q: How was your first race as a team principal?
CK: A real learning experience.
Q: Who would you like to be for one day?
CK: Bernie Ecclestone.
Q: Does money change everything?
CK: It doesnt change everything, but it can make life easier.